Proposed Raven coal mine ‘fly in the ointment’

Dear editor,
The Raven coal mine proposed for the area around Fanny Bay has been and is like a large fly in the ointment of wholesome environmental living.

Dear editor,The Raven coal mine proposed for the area around Fanny Bay has been and is like a large fly in the ointment of wholesome environmental living.I feel that it is time for this to be changed. In simple language, such a mine is not suitable for this part of Vancouver Island for the reasons that have been articulated in this paper many times previously.Amongst those reasons:• The mine could have disastrous effects on the shellfish industry in Baynes Sound;• The operation will cause unwarranted traffic hazards on the roads leading to Port Alberni;• Coal mining will certainly affect the area as a desirable place to live and retire;• Air quality will be adversely affected from the operation, notwithstanding its underground nature;• The amount and quality of coal to be extracted is questionable.The government of our province is responsible for authorizing the initiation of the undertaking to have a new coal mine in our area. What was done can and must be undone.I call upon Premier Christy Clark and her government to do not just the right thing but the sensible thing: cancel any further steps to produce coal at the proposed Raven mine.Elizabeth Smith,Fanny Bay